27 Nov 2023

New Government plans to review laws with references to principles of Te Tiriti

From Morning Report, 8:40 am on 27 November 2023

The Coalition Government is planning to review how it gives effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, saying it is focused on the principle of equal citizenship.

As part of National's agreements with New Zealand First and ACT, the government is planning to review all the laws that contain references to "The Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi" - except for full and final settlements - and to take a Treaty Principles Bill to select committee as soon as practicable.

Other aspects of the agreements include abolishing the Maori Health Authority, requiring local referenda on Maori local body wards, and removing co-governance from the delivery of public services.

Te Wānanga o Raukawa lead academic for Māori Laws and Philosophy Carwyn Jones spoke to Corin Dann.